Travis Pastrana

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Travis Pastrana
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Pastrana at the 2009 Lake Superior Performance Rally
Born (1983-10-08) October 8, 1983 (age 30)
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Achievements 2000 AMA Motocross 125cc Champion
2001 AMA Supercross 125cc Champion
Awards 10-time X Games gold medalist
Four-time Rally America Drivers Champion
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
42 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
2013 position 14th
Best champ.
finish
14th (2013)
First race 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
92nd (2012)
First race 2012 Smith's 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.
Sport
Sport Rally, Motocross, Supercross, Freestyle Motocross, Base Jumping, NASCAR, monster truck freestyle
Event(s) X Games, Red Bull X-Fighters, Dew Tour, Rally America

Travis Alan Pastrana (born October 8, 1983) is an American motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and X Games gold medals in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. He runs a show called Nitro Circus, and previously competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing.

Early life[edit]

He was born on October 8, 1983 at 12:20 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland to parents Robert and Debby Pastrana.[1] His uncle, Alan Pastrana, played as a quarterback from 1965 to 1968 at the University of Maryland,[2] which Travis Pastrana also attended.[1] On June 11, 2003, 19-year-old Pastrana was seriously injured when he crashed his Corvette into a tree in Davidsonville, Maryland.[3]

Motocross/Supercross[edit]

Pastrana has won three motocross racing championships: the 2000 A.M.A. 125cc National championship, the 2001 125cc East Coast Supercross Championship, and the 125cc Rose Creek Invitational. Pastrana also raced in the 2000 Motocross des Nations. He moved up to the 250cc class in 2002. His stand-up style, ability to spot jump combinations and great speed through the whoops make him easy to spot on the track. Although Pastrana has never won a 250cc race, his kindness to the fans and love of the sport still makes him one of the most popular riders of all time. Pastrana has always raced and competed on Suzuki motorcycles, and remains fiercely loyal to the brand. He races with Team Cernic's Suzuki. All of his motorcycles and rally cars carry the number 199. He even sponsors a Monster Jam truck called Pastrana 199, and Nitro Circus after the TV show on MTV.

Team Puerto Rico[edit]

Robert Pastrana, Travis' father, is a native Puerto Rican, which made Travis directly eligible to represent Puerto Rico in international competition.[4] On February 27, 2008, the Asociación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico (Motorcycling Association of Puerto Rico) provided him with a license to represent the island, which was accepted by the Unión Latinoamericana de Motociclismo, the relevant sanctioning body in Latin America.[4][5] His debut with the team took place on March 15, 2008. Here he qualified to the finals by defeating Erick Vallejo of Mexico. In the finals he finished third, behind local Costa Rican racer Roberto Castro and Vallejo.[5]

X Games[edit]

  • 1999 – Pastrana won the first-ever MotoX Freestyle event at the X Games. He also scores the highest-ever Freestyle run score of 99.00 points.
  • 2000 – Pastrana won the gold medal for the second time, and attempted his first-ever backflip on a motorcycle but breaks his foot.
  • 2001 – Pastrana won his third gold, still the only person to win the event.
  • 2002 – Out with an injury. Mike Metzger became the first rider other than Pastrana to win Freestyle.
  • 2003 – Pastrana claims his fourth gold and becomes the second rider ever to complete a 360 in competition.
  • 2004 – Pastrana crashes while trying a 50 ft (15m) 360, sustaining a concussion, but is able to compete the next day and wins a silver medal. Nate Adams becomes the only rider to beat Pastrana at that time. Before this event, he had won Bronze in Best Trick, performing a One-Handed, 360, Superman Seat Grab and an Indian Air Back flip.
  • 2005 – Pastrana wins his fifth gold in Freestyle and also attempts the first-ever Backflip Barspin on a motorcycle, however the bike fails and he resorts to a regular bike and performs a Backflip Saran Wrap to take Silver in Best Trick.
  • 2006 – Pastrana becomes the third athlete to win three Gold medals at a single X Games Event. He wins Gold in MotoX Best Trick, MotoX Freestyle, and Rally Car Racing. Pastrana also performs the first Double Backflip in competition, scoring a 98.60, the highest score in the Best Trick competition at X Games.
  • 2007 – Pastrana takes bronze in Rally after sliding into the other drivers area while inside the Home Depot Center. He is disqualified but retains his medal. He also competes in the first MotoX Racing event at X Games, but does not achieve a medal after two false starts in the heat race and last chance qualifier.
  • 2008 – Pastrana takes gold in Rally and competes in the Speed & Style event but does not place.
  • 2009 – Pastrana attempts a rodeo 720 at X Games 15 in the Moto X Best Trick Event. He crashes on his first attempt and withdraws from his second after experiencing blurred vision. He places 4th for his efforts. He takes silver in Rally after being defeated by rookie and former IndyCar/Indy 500 champion Kenny Bräck. On November 8, Pastrana landed the famous Rodeo 720, and filmed it in his newest movie, Nitro Circus – Country Fried. Once he landed the trick, he named it the TP7, due to the fact that he was 20 degrees short of 720.
  • 2010 – Pastrana wins Moto X Freestyle, landing yet another Double Backflip, the first one done at an X Games Freestyle. Pastrana also wins Moto X Speed & Style, beating silver medalist Nate Adams by a landslide. Pastrana had problems with his Rally Car during competition, costing him gold at Rally Car Racing and a chance to compete in the new event, Super Rally.
  • 2011 – Pastrana launches "Pastranathon" which included Best Trick, a race at Lucas Oil Raceway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and then flying back to Staples Center in Los Angeles for RallyCross. However, Pastranathon seemed to be done when, in XGames Best Trick, Pastrana attempted the Rodeo 720, also known as the TP7, and failed, landing on his right leg. He had broken his foot and ankle, and was taken to a local hospital. Pastrana was thought to be done, and backed out of the NASCAR race. His team worked diligently to get Pastrana in the RallyCross event. A special hand-controlled device was made for the steering wheel, and Pastrana had to relearn to drive the car using the new controls. Pastrana won a qualifying event, then finished 4th in the final after a crash on the last lap.
  • 2012 – Pastrana participated in another RallyCross event. For this, he sent a challenge video to Sébastien Loeb, who was at that time the eight-time-consecutive World Rally Championship Champion, asking him to race against him in the event. His invitation worked well as Loeb not only participated but his team made a new vehicle specifically for this event. Pastrana's effort ended up only to be in vain when he was forced to retire from the event by an accident caused by Andy Scott in the very first heat of the race. Pastrana could only watch Loeb - who dominated the whole race and got his first gold medal - in the sideways in the remaining of the event, and never actually raced against him as Pastrana planned for.

Rallying[edit]

In 2003, Pastrana opened a rallying career in the Race of Champions, and began driving for the Subaru-backed Vermont SportsCar rally team in 2004. Starting in 2006, Pastrana was signed by Subaru to lead their new Subaru Rally Team USA, being paired once again with veteran co-driver Christian Edstrom. On August 5, 2006 Pastrana won the gold medal in the first rally car competition at the X Games, edging out rally legend Colin McRae by 0.53 seconds after McRae rolled his car through the last jump.

Pastrana and Edstrom clinched the 2006 Rally America National Series overall and open class championship on October 22, 2006 during day one of the Lake Superior Performance Rally. The team finished out the 2006 series with another first-place victory at the Wild West Rally in Olympia, Washington on December 31, 2006.

On December 16, 2006 Pastrana competed at the 2006 Race of Champions at the Stade de France in Paris. He represented the United States in the Nations' Cup by himself, after injuries forced teammate Jimmie Johnson and his replacement Scott Speed to withdraw.

February 19, 2007 brought news that Pastrana's longtime co-driver Edstrom had announced a sabbatical to concentrate on his career and family. Although former McRae co-driver Derek Ringer competed with Pastrana for the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Salem, Missouri and Rally America, he did not announce a permanent co-driver.

Pastrana driving a classic Ford Escort Mk1 at the 2008 Colin McRae Forest Stages.

In September 2008, Pastrana took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. Derek Ringer was his co-driver and they entered in a historic Ford Escort RS1600. He was one of a number of celebrity drivers to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007.

On August 29, 2009 Pastrana claimed the overall victory at Ojibwe Forests Rally, his fifth of the 2009 Rally America season. The victory sealed his fourth consecutive Rally America driver's title, the most in series history.[6]

International competition[edit]

Pastrana, Colin McRae and Ken Block at the X Games XIII.

On December 13, 2006, Subaru Rally Team USA announced plans to enter Pastrana in certain World Rally Championship events in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

In the 2007 season, he raced three P-WRC events in the Group N class, driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STI–based rally car. During March 9–11, 2007, Pastrana competed in his first world rally at the 21º Corona Rally México. He finished fifth in the P-WRC (Group N) class (the best in-class finish by an American in a WRC event since John Buffum finished third in the Acropolis Rally in 1988), followed by a tenth place in Rally Argentina and an eleventh in Rally GB. Pastrana described his season as having gone "horribly".[7]

Pastrana's 2008 season in the P-WRC was even less successful, with one retirement following a crash on stage one of Rally Argentina[8] and one thirteenth place on the Acropolis Rally.

NASCAR and sports car racing[edit]

Pastrana's 2012 Nationwide Series car at Richmond International Raceway
Pastrana at Road America in 2013
Pastrana's 2013 Nationwide Series car

Pastrana made his debut in NASCAR competition by driving in the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown, finishing sixth. Pastrana later formed a partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing and Gary and Blake Betchel called Pastrana-Waltrip Racing,[9] and in 2011, ran three K&N Pro Series East starts, with his debut at Richmond International Raceway in the Blue Ox 100,[10] finishing 33rd.[11] Pastrana's plans to compete in 2011 in the Nationwide Series were cancelled as a result of his injuries at the X-Games in July of that year; he planned to compete in the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race, as well as running a full season in the Pro Series East and select Nationwide Series races.[12] On April 27, 2012, Pastrana made his Nationwide Series debut, finishing 22nd at the Richmond 250.[13] In his first seven races, driving the No. 99 Toyota for RAB Racing in an association with MWR, Pastrana posted a best finish of 13th in the inaugural Indiana 250; at Richmond in September, he drove for NASCAR powerhouse Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 60 Ford.[14]

In November 2012, Pastrana was revealed to have arranged a full-season ride for 2013 in the Nationwide Series with Roush Fenway Racing.[15] He drove in the team's No. 60 Ford during the 2013 season, posting four top-ten finishes with a best finish of ninth at Richmond International Raceway. The next race, Pastrana won his first career pole position at Talladega Superspeedway,[16] but was involved in a late crash.[17] On November 11, 2013 he announced via Facebook that he would be leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2013 season, citing a lack of sponsorship, frustration regarding his performance and a desire to spend time with his family as the reasons for his decision;[18] Pastrana wrote:[17]

However, he left open the possibility of running occasional Camping World Truck Series events, and has expressed a desire to compete in the Daytona 500.[19] Pastrana ended his Nationwide career with four top-ten finishes.[17]

Injuries[edit]

“I don’t remember most of the injuries, there have been too many.” – Travis Pastrana

Injuries have often taken Pastrana off the circuit for weeks or months at a time. His medical records include: a dislocated spine, he has torn his ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, broken his tibia and fibula, he’s had surgery on his left wrist twice, left thumb once, two surgeries on his back, one on his right elbow, nine on his left knee, six on the right knee, one shoulder surgery which left him with the only piece of metal he has in his body.[20]

When Pastrana was 14 years old, he was severely injured while competing in an FMX competition. He came up short, landing on the top of the front side of the landing ramp and the motorcycle decelerated from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 0 mph (0 km/h) in less than one second. The bike was stuck into the dirt ramp with the front wheel just over the top and the crankcase smashed into the dirt deep enough to support the entire motorcycle upright. Upon impact Pastrana froze in the upright riding position and his feet went straight out to the sides like he was trying to straddle a bull. As soon as his legs went outward he fell off the motorcycle and his father took off across the dirt course in fear of what everyone had just witnessed. He was seriously injured, his spine having been separated from his pelvis. It also left him in a wheelchair for three months.[21]

“I was in and out of consciousness for about three days and had six blood transfusions,” says Pastrana. He also adds that according to doctors, only three people in the U.S. have ever lived after such an injury. It was a long and difficult recovery. Pastrana would routinely ride wheelies in his wheelchair around the hospital and therapy areas. While in the wheelchair recovering, he vowed to continue motorcycle jumping. He was also injured in July 2011 while competing at the X Games when his motorcycle did not rotate to the landing position, crushing his ankle and causing a fracture. However, Pastrana was back in his Subaru Impreza and competing in the Rally Cross final where he overshot the corner, forcing himself into the wall; on-board footage shows his leg in plaster being slammed against the wheel well, much to his discomfort.[22]

Other activities[edit]

  • A documentary story about Pastrana was filmed by ESPN in 2008, titled 199 Lives: The Travis Pastrana Story.
  • Pastrana is featured as a hidden surfer in the 2002 video game Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer.
  • Pastrana lent his voice to the game Colin McRae: DiRT as himself, and the in-menu voice.
  • Pastrana co-authored a book about his life, The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana, with ESPN The Magazine senior writer Alyssa Roenigk, which was published by ESPN Books in 2007.
  • Pastrana also has part ownership in Ethika, an underwear company specializing in products for athletes.
  • Pastrana features as a driver in Colin McRae: DiRT 2 for Subaru Rally Team USA.
  • Pastrana appears as a playable character in the 2004 video game MTX Mototrax, as well as appearing on the game's boxart.

On September 26, 2007, Pastrana jumped out of an airplane over Arecibo, Puerto Rico, without a parachute in a carefully choreographed stunt. He met up in midair with another jumper, then latched himself into a harness to make a safe tandem landing.

On Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 10 p.m., MTV Nitro Circus, his new television show of which he is an executive producer, premiered on MTV. A spinoff of MTV's Jackass, the two shows shared producers, Jeff Tremaine and was partially created by Jackass frontman Johnny Knoxville. It features Jolene Van Vugt, Erik Roner, Streetbike Tommy, Andy Bell, JD Larson, Jim DeChamp, among others doing dangerous stunts. Jackass' Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius and Steve-O; BMX freestylers, T. J. Lavin and Mat Hoffman; and actor, Gary Coleman have guest starred on various episodes. Nitro Circus was also featured in an episode of MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and vice versa.

Pastrana and the rest of Nitro Circus appeared in the music video for "Spaceship" by Puddle of Mudd.

On Friday, January 1, 2010, Pastrana officially set a new world record in a ramp-to-ramp car jump. He jumped his Subaru rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor, breaking the existing mark of 171 feet (52 m) and establishing a new world distance record of 269 feet (82 m). To celebrate, after getting out of his car, he performed a gainer from the landing ramp into the harbor below.[23]

In September 2010, Pastrana set the world record for fastest ascent of Mount Washington in a car, using his Subaru WRX STi: 6 minutes, 20.47 seconds. In June 2011, David Higgins set a new record for ascent of Mount Washington in a car, at 6 minutes, 11.54 seconds, using the same model vehicle.[24][25] Pastrana is featured in "X Games: The Movie"; Pastrana's work with motocross and rally cars is shown.

Pastrana 199/Nitro Circus Monster Truck[edit]

"Pastrana 199" is a monster truck that races on the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) circuit. The truck is owned by Live Nation/FELD Motorsports and sponsored by Pastrana. It was originally driven by Paul Cohen, then driven by Chad Tingler, then driven by Courtney Jolly and now driven by Cam McQueen. Pastrana made his monster truck debut on October 18, 2006 in the Pastrana 199 monster truck at the 2006 Monster Jam. Also, on an episode of Nitro Circus, Pastrana attempted to backflip the Nitro circus themed monster truck. Though unsuccessful, he walked away without injury. In 2008–2009, the Pastrana 199 truck was driven by Pastrana's friend Cam McQueen. McQueen was invited to the 2009 World Finals for his second appearance. Pastrana himself competed in the freestyle competition of the event, finishing in a three-way tie for 5th place in a field of 24 trucks. On February 27, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Cam McQueen successfully executed a backflip in the Nitro Circus monster truck during the freestyle competition, making Nitro Circus the first to do so in competition.

Personal life[edit]

In June 4, 2011, during a live performance of Nitro Circus, he proposed to Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, a professional skateboarder. On October 29, 2011 Pastrana married Hawkins.[26] They have one daughter, Addy Pastrana. For August 5, 2014 she announced on her personal pages that she and Travis were expecting their second child due in February 2015.[27][28]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete Rally America results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Sports car racing[edit]

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

* Season in progress.
1 Ineligible for series championship points.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ FREQUENT FLIER Racer: A motocross superstar at the age of 17, Travis Pastrana has a zest for winning, and entertaining, that just keeps soaring.; Motocross, The Baltimore Sun, July 17, 2001.
  3. ^ Report: Famed Stunt Rider Injured In Car Crash, WBAL-TV, June 11, 2003
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